Today, St Martin’s remembers. We came together as a school community for a reflective virtual collective worship and paused for thought at 11:00am. The scripture from John 15:13, so poignant at this time, was reflected on in our worship. ‘Greater has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. As a school we continue to live by our values of service, compassion, justice and perseverance and pray for a world full of peace.
Thank you to our 6th Form students for designing our ‘Remember Letters’ that we have displayed in our garden area at the front of the school.
In our joy, we think we hear a whisper. At first it is too soft. Then only half heard. We listen carefully as it gathers strength. We hear a sweetness. The word is Peace.
It is loud now. Louder than the explosion of bombs. We tremble at the sound.
We are thrilled by its presence. It is what we have hungered for. Not just the absence of war. But true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, and comfort of courtesies. Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.
We, Angels and Mortals, Believers and Nonbelievers, look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace.
We look at each other, then into ourselves, and we say without shyness or apology or hesitation: Peace, My Brother. Peace, My Sister. Peace, My Soul.